Landowners and occupiers are responsible for preventing the spread of 5 injurious weeds so they do not cause injury:

  • common ragwort
  • curled dock
  • broad-leaved dock
  • spear thistle
  • creeping thistle

These are the weeds included in the Weeds Act 1959.

If landowners and occupiers do not control harmful weeds we may take action requiring them to prevent the weeds spreading.

Ragwort is the most commonly reported weed. The code of practice on ragwort includes advice for landowners and occupiers to help prevent the spread of ragwort.